The gang was arrested in the city centre following a tip-off. Those arrested were identified as Mthulisi Mpofu (21) of Nketa 8 suburb, Previous Mpofu (23) of New Magwegwe suburb, Ntongenhle Ncube (34) from Old Lobengula and Siphile Nkomo (25).
Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Abednico Ncube on Wednesday said the four were disarmed after initially resisting arrest. He said:
On arrival, the vehicle was found to be guarded by the two suspects who were later arrested, armed with machetes. Two female accomplices were also seated inside the vehicle. The two male persons who were guarding the vehicle tried to fight the cycle patrol team but were disarmed.
A search of the kombi by detectives yielded two more machetes, three knobkerries, four heavy iron rods, one hoe, two shovels, two by 20-litre containers of petrol, and two containers of diesel.